Due to age, medical condition or history, some women and their babies are at a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. Hearing that your pregnancy is high-risk may be frightening, but UAMS is home to an extensive team of specialists who work every single day with high-risk pregnancy patients. Our staff is here to offer hope to you through our state-of-the-art equipment and treatment.
Types of High-Risk Pregnancy
Our board-certified maternal-fetal specialists provide assessment, diagnosis and management of high-risk pregnancies and deliveries, including problems associated with the following:
- Multiple births
- Gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Asthma and lung disease
- Kidney disease
- Blood clotting abnormalities
- RH negative blood
- Problems with a previous pregnancy or delivery
High-Risk Pregnancies Related to Fetal Abnormalities
We also specialize in the prenatal diagnosis and management of pregnancies with physical and genetic fetal abnormalities. Our services include:
- High-level ultrasound evaluation
- Chorionic villus and fetal blood sampling
- Fetal intrauterine blood transfusion
Certified genetic counselors assist parents in understanding the evaluation and implications of your current pregnancy for your family and future pregnancies. In addition, we work closely with board-certified genetic counselors in Arkansas. Our genetics program will screen for genetic disorders or hereditary risks to your baby, such as spinal bifida or Down syndrome. If needed, we also can provide specialized services such as fetal blood sampling.
Resources for High-Risk Pregnancy
The UAMS High-Risk Pregnancy Program has produced the following resources for expecting parents. Some brochures have both English and Spanish versions.
- Genetic Testing or Examen Genético
- Diabetes and Pregnancy Planning or Diabetes y Planeamiento de Embarazo
- “What Are My Pain Relief Options?” or ¿Cuáles son mis Opciones para Controlar el Dolor?
- The Recovery Room-Hope and Help for Parents who Experience the Loss of a Baby
- Preterm Labor
- Expecting? When to Call Your Health Care Provider